Conner Smith of the Colorado St. Rams - Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE
The New Mexico Lobos travel to Ft. Collins, Colo. Saturday for their final game of the 2012 season. We take a look at UNM's final opponent of the season, the Colorado St. Rams.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 24, 5:07 p.m. MT
WHERE: Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, Ft. Collins, CO (32,500)
CONFERENCES: Colorado St. & New Mexico - Mountain West Conference
2012 SEASON: UNM 4-8, 1-6 MWC | Colorado St. 3-8, 2-5 MWC
COACHES: New Mexico: Bob Davie 4-8 at UNM (1st year), 39-32 overall (6th year) | Colorado St.: Jim McIlwain 3-8 at CSU (1st year), 3-8 overall (1st year).
TV: Root Sports Rocky Mountain (DirecTV: 683-SD/HD; Dish Network: 414-SD, 514-HD; Comcast: Albuquerque: 261.
WEB STREAMING: none
RADIO: UNM - Lobo Radio Network / KKOB 770 AM (Flagship, English) | ESPN Deportes ABQ (KRZY)1450 AM (Flagship, Spanish) | Colorado St. – CSU Radio Network / KCOL 600 AM (Flagship, Ft. Colins), KLZ 560 (Denver).
SERIES RECORD: 60th meeting. Colorado St. leads 34-25
LAST MEETING: 2011 in Albuquerque, NM – CSU 14, UNM 10
WHAT ABOUT COLORADO ST.: The Rams are coming off a 42-14 drubbing at Boise St. but are 2-2 in their last four games as first year coach Jim McElwain’s first season as head coach come to and end. CSU has won two consecutive home games (33-11 over UNLV and 42-27 over Hawai’i and hope to grab a third in a row over New Mexico on Senior Night. The last time the Rams won three in a row at home in MWC play was the 2005 season.
ON OFFENSE: Colorado St. comes into the game with one of the most anemic offenses in FBS, ranked 105th in Total Offense averaging 332.3 yards per game, 98th in Rushing Offense with an average of 126.1 ypg and 92nd in Passing Offense with an average of 206.2 ypg. However the Rams are tied for 24th in the nation & ranks third in the MWC in Red Zone scoring (87.0%; 20-23). Junior running back Chris Nwoke leads the Rams in rushing averaging 65.1 ypg. Freshman quarterback Conner Smith has a passing efficiency rating of 128.7 for the season and sophomore wide receiver Charles Lovett is CSU’s top receiver, averaging 35.7 yards of receiving per game.
ON DEFENSE: CSU is average on defense, ranking 71st nationally in Total Defense allowing 411.4 yards per game. The Rams rank 104th in Rushing Defense allowing an average of 2-8.4 ypg, which could be a problem against UNM’s ultra-proficient run offense. Aaron Davis leads CSU in tackles averaging 7.1 tackles per game, Cory James leads the Rams with tackles for a loss, with 10 on the season, and sacks, averaging 0.68 sacks per game. DeAndre Elliot leads CSU in interceptions with 2 for the season.